Late-running Better Lucky rallied from far back in a field of four and ran down fellow Grade 1 winners Grace Hall and My Miss Aurelia to win the $100,000 Shine Again at Saratoga Race Course.
The 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper was reserved in the early going Monday under jockey Javier Castellano before unleashing a powerful stretch drive to catch Grace Hall near the wire and win by a head.
Better Lucky ran seven furlongs in 1:22.56 and paid $12.60 and $3.90, with Grace Hall returning $2.40 for second. There was no show wagering.
My Miss Aurelia, the 6-5 favorite making her first start in more than 16 months, finished a half-length behind Grace Hall in third. The pacesetting Bridgehampton completed the field, another length back.
Owned by Godolphin Stable, Better Lucky won for the sixth time in 17 lifetime starts. The $60,000 winner’s share pushed her career purse earnings to $993,950.